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In addition to the retreats and programs offered by our Spiritual Growth staff, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth welcomes Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
That is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius of Loyola
It has been over 67 years since I began my life as a member of the Jesuit order on July 30, 1952, at the age of 18. My call was influenced in large part by the example of the Jesuits who taught me at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, especially by the Jesuit scholastics, young men of dedication, humor, integrity, talent, and prayer. It was also influenced by my dedicated, self-sacrificing parents – by my mother’s total devotion to her three children and by my father’s admiration for the Jesuits who had taught him when he was a young boy in a struggling family whose immigrant father had brought them to New Orleans where my grandfather worked as a bookkeeper for a shipping company. His son, my father, was given a scholarship to Jesuit High and then to Loyola University, where he earned a degree in dentistry. This 67-year journey with the Jesuits has given me many wonderful companions, a variety of ministries – teaching, preaching, writing, and spiritual direction – and has filled me with gratitude to God and Jesus and to His holy mother.
"This 67-year journey has filled me with gratitude to God and Jesus and to His holy mother."
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